If you’ve been wondering about whether a long-life Qualcomm Snapdragon PC is for you, Dell would like a word. Dell’s new 14-inch Latitude 7400 2-in-1 achieves a simply incredible 18 hours of battery life using a powerful Intel 8th-gen Whiskey Lake processor. It also offers a full complement of ports and a slightly gimmicky feature called ExpressSign-in (yes, it’s really spelled that way).

As our review shows, Dell has designed a stylish business notebook optimized for life on the road. It’s also optimized for IT rather than personal budgets, as our review unit clocked in at a whopping $2,800. But if you want a business laptop with all-day battery life and performance, the Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 delivers.

Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 primary alt Mark Hachman / IDG

Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 basic specs

Other than a surprisingly subpar webcam, Dell’s Latitude 7400 2-in-1 is optimized for the road warrior: A compact form factor, 1080p display, and a massive battery mean you’ll be able to work for hours.

  • Display: 14-inch (1080p) touch
  • Processor: Intel 1.9GHz Core i7-8665U (Whiskey Lake)
  • Graphics: Intel UHD 620
  • Memory: 8GB-16GB LPDDR3 (16GB as tested)
  • Storage: 128GB-256GB NVMe PCIe SSD (256GB as tested)
  • Ports: Two USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C (Thunderbolt 3, Power Delivery/DisplayPort); Two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A; HDMI 1.4; microSD; optional microSIM WWAN
  • Camera: 720p HD Camera (user-facing); Windows Hello capable
  • Battery: 52Wh, 78Wh (78Wh as tested)
  • Wireless: Qualcomm QCA61 802.11ac (2×2); Bluetooth
  • Operating system: Windows 10 Pro
  • Dimensions: 12.59 x 7.87 x 0.59 inches
  • Weight: 3.30 pounds, 4.08 pounds with charger (measured)
  • Color: Aluminum
  • Options: Fingerprint sensor inside power button; contact smartcard reader
  • Price: $2,802 (Dell.com) as configured; starts at $2,379

A robust, yet chunky build

The Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 invades the long-battery-life territory defined by Lenovo and Qualcomm’s power-sipping Snapdragon through sheer brute force. Almost the entirety of our review unit was defined by its massive 78-watt-hour battery, more than twice the capacity of some competing laptops. That, and a power-sipping display, serves as the Intel ecosystem’s answer to what Qualcomm and its partners promise.

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Dell touts the Latitude 7400 as the world’s most compact 14-inch commercial 2-in-1, and that’s probably accurate. What that means, however, is that the Latitude 7400 is decidedly chunky, with a few more millimeters of Z-height than a thin-and-light design. Dell uses this to its advantage, however, by including a full cadre of ports.

Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 tent Mark Hachman / IDG

As a 2-in-1, the Latitude 7400 flips easily into tent mode,

The Latitude 7400’s 3.3-pound heft, while not svelte, weighs less than expected. It’s also fair to say that the 78Wh battery option will allow you to leave the charger at home in most cases, which would otherwise bring the total travel weight to 4.08 pounds. 

Dell’s Latitude 7400 certainly doesn’t look like the stereotypical function-over-form business notebook. The silvery aluminum exterior offers a bit more style. More and more notebook vendors of this generation are trimming the bezels to streamline their products, and the 7400 is no exception: The side bezels are just 0.4mm thick, with a bit more space (0.6mm) allocated to the top bezel to accommodate the webcam. 

The Latitude 7400’s display also emphasizes battery life, with a conventional 1080p display that’s protected by Gorilla Glass 5. Not only does the Latitude’s display use extremely low power, the amount of light it emits is limited: Dell rates it at 300 nits, though ours emitted a maximum of 284 nits. While that’s not enough to combat outdoor glare in the summer sun, we plopped the Latitude 7400 next to a well-lit window and tapped away without issue. We didn’t measure its color accuracy, but after comparing it to several other displays, it matched up well with a Microsoft Surface Book 2.

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